Iglesia ni Cristo marks 108th founding anniversary

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People flock to the main church of the Philippine Christian sect Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) on September 3, 2009. (Photo: JAY DIRECTO/AFP via Getty Images)
People flock to the main church of the Philippine Christian sect Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) on September 3, 2009. (Photo: JAY DIRECTO/AFP via Getty Images)

In light of the 108th founding anniversary of the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC), the Senate has adopted a resolution commemorating the church’s milestone, while President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., whom the group supported in the recent elections, congratulates the religious group.

In a plenary session on Wednesday (July 27), Senate President Miguel Zubiri, who sponsored the resolution commended “the leadership of Ka Eduardo V. Manalo, and recognizing his contributions to the Filipino nation and the world.”

He also said that INC is the government’s ally in nation-building.

“This is not just 108 years of Iglesia ni Cristo’s faith, shared by millions of Filipinos across the globe. This is also 108 years of the Iglesia ni Cristo’s role as one of our partners in nation-building,” Zubiri said.

Nagpapasalamat po tayo sa Iglesia ni Cristo sa higit isang siglo nilang pagbibigay ng tulong sa mga kapatid nating nangangailangan, kahit ano pang relihiyon,” Zubiri added.

(We thank Iglesia ni Cristo for more than a century of supporting our brothers and sisters in need, regardless of religion.)

Zubiri also praise the INC’s various programs and initiatives such as Lingap sa Mamamayan outreach program and Unified Livelihood and Development (Unlad).

“The INC understands deeply, and provides valuable opportunities for empowerment through their livelihood programs,” he said.

Meanwhile, President Marcos also congratulated the group on its anniversary and thanked them for supporting his administration.

“I am very grateful for your solidarity with the government and in promoting righteousness and peace in our country and in other parts of the world,” the President said in Filipino.

The president also wished its executive minister Eduardo Manalo “enough strength, wisdom and compassion.”

The group bloc voted for Marcos and his running mate, Sara Duterte, during the May 2022 elections.

Pola Rubio is a news writer and photojournalist covering Philippine politics and events. She regularly follows worldwide and local happenings. She advocates for animal welfare and press freedom. Follow her on Twitter @polarubyo for regular news and cat postings.

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